As 2017 is coming to an end, Black Horse One would like to review this very exciting year.
After the successful launch of the Spectator Judging® app in 2015, Black Horse now looks back on the third year of its appliance. Meanwhile, the app has been downloaded over 30.000 times which makes the entire development team very proud. More than 60 shows on four continents are this year’s result with international shows in Wellington/USA, Doha/Qatar, Sydney/Australia, Ottawa/Canada and Beijing/China. Just like last season, Spectator Judging® was offered at every qualifying event of the FEI World Cup™ Western European League. One of this year’s highlights was the FEI World Cup™ Finale in Omaha, Nebraska in March. Over 600 Spectator Judges set a new participation record. The icing on the cake was the Sweden International Horse Show in December since it was able to beat the Omaha record with 949 submitted results per rider during the Grand Prix Freestyle. Black Horse is very excited for next year thanks to fantastic feedback from the audiences, riders and official judges as a great accelerating incentive.
The FEI Freestyle System has successfully started into its second FEI World Cup™ season. As the official system for all Qualifiers of the Western European League, it has also been applied at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington this year. Black Horse receives requests from all over the world and the team works relentlessly on further increasing the availability. We are proud to announce that from January 2018 on, the FEI Freestyle System can optionally be applied at any CDI3* to CDI5*. The Feedback has been very positive amongst all parties involved. Judges and riders are certain that the FEI Freestyle System is the right step towards the future of international dressage judging. So far, more than 300 freestyles were entered into the FEI database. The entertainment and tangibility for the audience has been increased tremendously by now showing live-trends during a Grand Prix freestyle. The FEI World Cup™ season 2017/18 has already begun and Black Horse is again on site at each leg to assist wherever needed.
A Milestone in the history of our young, innovative company has been set this year. Black Horse is incredibly happy to be an official partner of the world’s leading software company, SAP since March. The Spectator Judging® app gained many very exciting features in 2017 thanks to SAP and there is much more to come. The next main project will be announced at the FEI World Cup™ Finale in Paris in March 2018.
Black Horse One would like to thank all friends, business-partners, cooperators and of course all riders, judges and the amazing audiences who made 2017 a highly successful year for Black Horse with many impressive highlights. Cheers to an even greater 2018.
The Black Horse One Team